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Intricate // Macro Details {Photo Challenge}

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I’m squeaking in at the 11th hour with my submission to the Daily Post photo challenge this week. The theme is “Intricate” and these recent photos are totally in my mind with the amazing details that get overlooked so very often.

Have you ever looked closely at the details on the petals of a rose? Or the wick of a candle? Sometimes, it’s just the little things that fascinate!

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I truly love when my girls notice the world around them and proudly point out their discovery to me. Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but it’s definitely the mama in me, that smiles ear-to-ear, happy and proud that my girls are observant and appreciative of the world around them! My 5-year old had to stop us dead in our tracks while we visited the San Diego Zoo with our sweet friends Lynnette and Gracie, when she noticed this beautiful heart shaped leaf. It was high above us, but somehow she noticed it and I love that she made us pause to take in it’s beauty.

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What tiny details have you noticed lately? Are you documenting it? The daily prompts at Capture Your 365 are fantastic to help get you into the routine of noticing and photographing the details around you. If you haven’t checked it out yet, and you love photography, be sure to click here to take a look. You won’t regret it!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petals

Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petals, rule of thirds

6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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xoxo,
/c

PS. Do you love roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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10 on 10 – March // Chasing Rainbows

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, pink, rose

Time for another 10 on 10! Starting in January, I joined an amazing group of women photographers who share a passion for photography and a passion for sharing! On or around the 10th of the month we focus our lenses on capturing beauty around us. It might be our family, an adventure, nature, life, or anything that tickles our fancy. Each of us posts our 10 or more photos on the 15th of the month, and leads each reader to the next woman in the photography circle. So no matter where you start, you end up making a full circle and visiting each of us. This month, I decided to go on my own mini-adventure…

As every month changes and holidays approach, my mind turns to the different themes and decor pieces I can decorate our home with or paper projects I can create in my craft room (like the projects here, here and here). So with St. Patrick’s Day coming along, I couldn’t help but think of leprechauns, clovers, and beer, none of which are much my style. Then my mind went to pots of gold… which led to rainbows… which led my train of thought to all the wonderful colors I get to use in my crafts. But then I thought how lucky we are to have such amazing and beautiful colors given to us through nature…

Being in San Diego, we’re pretty lucky to have so many beautiful photographic locations. One of my favorites is Balboa Park – I’ve written many blog posts and shared photos of Balboa Park that you can find here. So considering I had a narrow window of time open earlier this week where both my girls were in school, I decided to head to the park and go on my very own photo walk, seeking out the colors of the rainbow. I headed to the cactus garden and the rose garden, neither of which disappointed! 

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, red, rose

RED

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, orange

ORANGE

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ORANGE-YELLOW

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YELLOW

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YELLOW-GREEN

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GREEN

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GREEN-BLUE

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BLUE

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, purple, green, thorny

PURPLE

It’s amazing what we see in the world around us when we’re intentional in our observations. Although I was hoping to fill the frame with a single color for most of the shots, I’ll admit I became quite smitten with the color combos provided by the surrounding plants and landscape. And next time I go chasing rainbows (colors), I’ll be sure to take my daughters with me – I think they’ll enjoy the hunt and sights immensely!

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I really loved all the colors, even the non-colors! It was high-noon when I was photographing all these beauties, but even the strong sun and harsh light couldn’t detract from the colors and awesome beauty!

Are there any favorite color combos you use in your home decor or clothing that you regularly see in nature? I’d love to see and hear, so share in the comments below!

You may have come to me from Michelle Kirnan Photography as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kathleen Ries – you won’t be disappointed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // single soft pink rose

Object // Pink Rose {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // single soft pink rose

I love when my hubby brings home flowers for me and our daughters! Along with his loving and kind words and actions, flowers definitely show us that we are the objects of his affection : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // soft pink roses

These photos were inspired by the prompt Soft over at Capture Your 365, which worked perfectly in tandem with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Object! Check out other objects here!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Hue of You // Pink {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink rose with quote "every new day brings a new chance to turn dreams into reality" and using Kim Klassen "unleashed" texture

Color has a way of making me feel happy or sophisticated or playful or overwhelmed or optimistic or a myriad of other emotions. But one color that always makes me happy and makes me think of how lucky I am to have two very girly daughters… PINK! It’s funny how a prompt can make you think of colors in such a different way!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink, chubby, yummy knees

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink flower

Be sure to check out other Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You entries to see how creatively others have interpreted the challenge.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c